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File tax protests on time, whenever that is

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Residential property value appraisal notices were mailed April 1 by the Tarrant Appraisal District.
Residential property value appraisal notices were mailed April 1 by the Tarrant Appraisal District. Star-Telegram

Why the fuss about the deadline for protesting property tax appraisals through the Tarrant Appraisal District?

It’s a matter of what deadline means.

In its appraisal notices mailed on April 1, TAD listed the protest filing deadline as May 2. Two things support that date.

First, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts recommends filing protests “no later than 30 days” after the appraisal notice was mailed.

Second, saying the deadline is May 2 pushes people to act soon, which is what’s most convenient for TAD.

Last year, taxpayers filed 65,000 protests, and it’s a lot of work getting them processed.

But if you thought deadline meant you had to file by May 2, you’re wrong.

You can still file until midnight, May 31.

Or, with “good cause,” the protest form says, you could do it even later.

To summarize, there’s the May 2 deadline to suit TAD’s convenience, then there’s almost a month when you can still file, then there’s a May 31 deadline, which might not really be a deadline if you qualify to file later.

Put all of that together and it’s as clear as mud.

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